Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Courses

The following courses feature TBRI® content, which provides practical insights into parenting children from hard places.

Class 101:

Preparing for the Journey of Adoption

In this class, we’ll explore Dr. Karyn Purvis’ “7 Insights and 7 Gifts” that you can give your child. We draw heavily from Dr. Purvis’ and her colleague, Dr. David Cross’ work throughout this TBRI®-centered program and their words will inspire you for the journey ahead. This video introduces the challenges of adoption and the ways you can empower your child to trust and heal.

2 Hours • $35
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Class 102

Introduction to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

This class lays the foundation for most of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) teachings of this entire program. TBRI is a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Much of the information that we’ll examine will be drawn from this material, which includes a 40 minute “TBRI® Overview” video.

2 Hours • $35
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Class 104

Understanding Children’s Development

The mystery of how your child becomes the small person you meet begins with their developing brain and body—how does this development affect their emotional and behavioral make up? In this course, we’ll learn from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development’s 90-minute video “Children from Hard Places and the Brain.” This video covers topics such as institutionalization and development, and challenges parents to think about what it means to come from a hard place. This TBRI®-focused teaching will start your exploration of what we hope will be a life-long desire to learn just ‘how and why’ children are who they are, and how we as parents can be an enormous part of their healing. We’ll cover how the brain develops, the impact of trauma and institutionalization and how you can help change your child’s brain development through attachment.

2.25 Hours • $35
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Class 106

Understanding Attachment

In this class, we will look at what healthy attachment looks like and how your attachment style as a parent can ease your relationship with a child. Understanding attachment is an important part of every relationship—the 90 minute “Attachment—Why It Matters Part 1” video will give you the insights needed to start your own voyage of personal discovery, as well as give you practical TBRI® tools for purposeful connection with your child.

2 Hours • $30
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Class 107

Developing Attachment

The more you know about how to engage your child in the ‘attachment dance,’ the more healing you’re able to bring, and the more peace there can be in your home. This course offers some tools for engaging with a child from a hard place. We’ll also learn about incorporating mindfulness about where your child has come from, where he or she is developmentally, and how to gauge your interaction for healing. This course includes the 60-minute video, “Attachment—Why It Matters Part 2.”

2.25 Hours • $35
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Class 202

Healing and Healthy Touch

Everyone needs physical affection, but it can be difficult to know where to start when or healthy touch has been absent. This course offers practical tools based in TBRI® for how to be affectionate with a child from a hard place, as well as how to recognize and bring healing to sexualized behavior and understand healthy touch. The 40-minute TBRI® video, “Healthy Touch” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
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Class 203

Exploring the Sensory World

This course explores the ways in which we experience the world through the 5 senses and different coping mechanisms for sensory overload. In this segment, we’ll also discuss the importance of respect for our own, as well as our children’s bodies. The 90-minute TBRI®-focused video “A Sensory World” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
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Class 207

Parenting From a Secure Base

The longing to ‘belong’ is central to every heart, including your adoptive child’s. The practical, grace-filled examples of TBRI® principles—empowering, connecting, and correcting—will become the bedrock of the foundation you are building as you parent your child. The 120-minute video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is included in this class.

3 Hours • $90
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Class 302

TBRI® for Teens: Connecting with Older Children

Bonding with a teenager or an older child who has spent time in a home, a foster home, and/or an institution unprepared to meet their needs, comes with its own set of challenges. A child that’s beginning to question their adoption can require a whole new list of best practices for parents. In this course we’ll cover the short video “Toxic Stress & the Brain” as well as the two-part series, “TBRI® for Teens.”

2 Hours • $60
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Class 303.1

TBRI®: Empowering, Connecting, Correcting Part I

This course provides the practical examples and role-playing needed for parents to learn how to empower a child to physically and emotionally attune to a loving caregiver. You’ll come away with the tools and encouragement needed to connect with your child in a meaningful, healthy way, while also learning strategies to help a child course-correct when things get hard. The first session of the video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
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Class 303.2

TBRI®: Empowering, Connecting, Correcting Part II

This course continues the practical examples and role-playing needed for parents to learn how to empower a child to physically and emotionally attune to a loving caregiver. The second session of the video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is also included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
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Class 304

Facilitating Behavioral Change

Discover the science behind the behaviors of vulnerable children. Dr. Purvis provides dozens of examples of TBRI® strategies to deal with the behaviors of children from hard places. It’s a joy to watch Dr. Purvis bring order, security, and contentment into tough situations with children. The 86-minute video “Facilitating Behavioral Change” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
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